So summer is finally here, and you are all set to go out, hit the beach with your boys and spend your days relaxing under the sun!
Whether you are planning to go on vacation or just looking forward to being out and about with your friends, summer feels like a breath of fresh air after the cold and gloomy winter months.
As exciting as all this may sound, the scorching summer heat brings with it many problems for any man who wants to look fit.
From oily skin and pimples to frizzy hair and sweaty underarms, there's just so much to deal with! You don't need to worry, though because we have compiled our top tips to ensure you look (and smell) your best, no matter how hot it gets.
Step Up Your Skin Care Routine
Men tend to have oilier skin than women, so make sure you take care of it. During the summer, it is particularly essential to cleanse your skin twice a day – once in the morning and once before bed – if you don't want breakouts and acne. Invest in a quality face wash that doesn't include alcohol and strong fragrances for best results.
Exfoliating once a week is also a good idea to help remove all the dirt and grease your skin is exposed to in summer. Also, no matter how hot it gets, do not skip the moisturizer!
A lot of men think moisturizer is only needed in the dry winter months, but this is where you are wrong – a light moisturizer is essential to get through the summer. It will keep your skin looking fresh and moisturized, without making it appear oily.
Take Care of Your Hair
Your hair routine also needs to change when the weather does. Summer is an excellent time to consider a change in hairstyle. Shorter haircuts such as a crew cut not only looks great but will also help you beat the heat. If you don't want to go too short, the modern side parting or textured crop is also very much in style.
It is also recommended to wash your hair daily. As we sweat more in summer, our hair gets oilier and dirtier more quickly. Regular shampooing is what is needed to keep it looking clean and fresh.
Don't forget to use styling products sparingly. Too many gels and creams can result in flat, greasy hair in the hot weather.
Keep Yourself Clean
Let's face it – sweating and body odor is a problem every man has to deal with when summer comes around. So, what's the solution? First things first, having a shower at least once every day is an absolute must if you want to smell fresh. Invest in a good body wash and use it sparingly to avoid drying out your skin.
If you are planning to hit the gym, be kind to yourself (and others) by showering immediately afterward and putting on a fresh set of clothes.
Changes to your diet can also help reduce sweating. First off, drink plenty of water because the more hydrated you are, the less you sweat. Also, avoid spicy and oily food and choose healthier options such as fruits and vegetables.
Invest in the Right Fragrances
While you do want to smell good and get rid of the sweat this summer, it is never a good idea to go overboard with the cologne. Strong scents can be too overpowering when temperatures rise because when combined with sweat, you end up smelling a lot worse!
Summer is all about the sun and sand, so why shouldn't your fragrance be the same? Aquatic fragrances are great for those days spent lazing around on the beach. Citrusy scents like lemon or grapefruit are also very light and perfect in the heat.
If you are looking for something different, don't be afraid to experiment with floral fragrances — lavender or jasmine smell great on some men and who knows, your unique scent might get you noticed by that pretty girl you have been eyeing all summer on the beach!
Stock up on Sunscreen
As you are going to be in the sun a lot, it is essential to have some sun protection on hand. When exposed to the sun for long durations, your skin is at the risk of getting sunburnt. A sunscreen that has an SPF of at least 30 is recommended for use, along with protection against both UVA and UVB rays.
Make sure to apply it 30 minutes before going out in the sun so that the skin has time to absorb it and use it on all areas exposed to the sun such as the back, shoulders, ears, etc.
Trim the Facial Hair
So, you've had a trendy beard throughout winter, but now as temperatures rise, you are reconsidering your choices. When summer is around the corner, just the thought of having excessive hair on your face can make one feel hot and uneasy.
We checked out Bearded Colonel and found that a clean-shaven look works for many in the summer. It keeps you looking neat and saves you from the hassle of maintaining facial hair in the heat.
However, if the thought of parting ways with your glorious beard is sending you into depression, you don't have to do it. It is possible to manage a summer beard. You need to keep it clean and fresh or perhaps trim it down to allow your skin to breathe and stay cool.
Revamp Your Summer Wardrobe
A change in season requires a change in wardrobe. When temperatures rise, you need to ensure your T-shirt game is on point. Invest in some polished T-shirts, polos, and shorts for everyday wear. Neutral colors like white, blue, and olive work well and are easy to mix with other colors but don't be afraid to try some new colors and designs too. Summer is all about fun and vibrant colors, so go with the flow.
For the semi-formal look, some nice button-up shirts in light cotton or linen can be good options. Pair it with a light blazer, and you are good to go. The key is to buy breathable, loose clothing so that you can stay fresh and free of sweat.
Lastly, don't forget to invest in some cool swimwear as no summer is complete without a trip to the beach. A quality pair of swim trunks along with some sunglasses will have you all set to hit the beach, whenever the weather is right.
With these tips in mind, you will be all set to make the most of the summer season while looking your best. Happy Summer!